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Beyond The Page & Nook Giveaway: “Love And Other Games” anthology from Swoon Romance

Jan 13
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Kara Leigh Miller has stopped by today to tell us about ICE GOLD,

her contribution to the sexy New Adult anthology, LOVE AND OTHER GAMES.

Each of the four novellas is centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games.

There’s also a fun giveaway of a Nook Simple Touch and Swag! 

Good luck 🙂

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Welcome to CABR Kara 🙂

Tell us about your novella, ICE GOLD, in 10 words.

Hot arrogant hockey player meets cold cynical photographer. Sparks fly.


Which character popped into your head first? Tell us how the writing went.

Colton “Cole” Campbell. When this idea was presented to me, I knew right away I wanted to write a hockey player, and I wanted him to be that guy everyone loves to hate. He had to be sexy, arrogant, yet likable. His voice was very loud in my head right from the start.

Writing Cole was easy. I threw out all the normal conventions expected in a romance hero and just let Cole be Cole. It was liberating, really, and I’m very pleased with how he turned out. I hope everyone loves him as much as I do.


What was your favourite scene to write? 

That would have to be the plane scene. It was the first time Cole and Brenna meet, and it really captures the essence (and flaws) of both the characters. It’s funny, a bit steamy, and the first real step toward their eventual changes in thought.


“It’s Cole, ma’am,” he said with a slight incline of his head.

Was that a southern accent she heard? It was faint, but unmistakable. Ma’am, a subtle nod … yup, Colton Campbell was a southern boy. Huh, who knew? “Right, Cole.” She cleared her throat. She was so totally screwed. There was only one type of man on this earth that made Brenna weak in the knees—a southern man.

“So, you’ve heard of me, huh?” Cole said with a smirk. “Wish I could say the same about you.” His gaze lingered on hers for a moment before lowering.

Brenna rolled her eyes. “Well, you do have quite the reputation.” She stood.

“Going somewhere?”

“Yes, I’d like to go use the restroom. Now, if you’ll please excuse me.”

“Don’t let me stop you.” Cole remained seated, his long legs bent at the knees, touching the seat in front of him, making it impossible for Brenna to get by him—unless she were to climb over him, and she refused to do that.

Brenna crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. “Do you mind?”

“No, not at all.” He laced his fingers together and rested them on his stomach, settling deeper into his seat. “I’m used to women staring at me. Go ahead, get your fill.”

“Uh!” she huffed. Brenna knew Cole had a playboy reputation, rivaled only by his arrogance, but for the love of God, was he serious right now? One look at his handsome features and she knew he was teasing her. Well, she’d be damned if she let him get the better of her. “For your information, Mr. Campbell, I’m staring at you because I can’t wrap my mind around your complete lack of manners.” Brenna cautiously stepped over him.

“A complete lack of manners would be doing this.” Cole lifted his knee and bumped her ass, causing her to lose her balance and fall forward.

It happened so fast all she could do was put her hands out and grip the back of Cole’s seat. Her hands were on either side of his head, her legs straddling his, and their faces were inches apart. Christ, did he have to smell so good? She started to push herself away, but Cole shifted his legs just enough so she couldn’t move. Damn him and those tantalizing lips—they were so close, she could almost taste them.

“I don’t find this amusing,” she said.

The corners of his mouth twitched, and he cocked a brow. “Arousing?”


Cole leaned forward and put his mouth to her ear. “Five minutes says I can change your mind.”


Will there be a sequel? If yes, when and will it feature the same couple?

Unfortunately, no, there will be no sequel for Cole and Brenna 🙁

However, we have discussed the possibility of a Summer Olympics collection, so stay tuned for that announcement!

Will do 🙂


What’s next for you ?

Personally, I’m working on a new young adult series and an adult medical romance. As a group, I hope we will have the opportunity to work on another project together because my fellow co-authors are absolutely fabulous and working with them has been wonderful!


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LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.


Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.


Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?


The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans’ hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.


Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies — he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it — and her — in the process.

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Aria Kane

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Aria is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.




Kara Leigh Miller

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Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, new adult, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.

Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

Recently, Kara has taken on the position of Managing Editor for the Surge Imprint at Anaiah Press, LLC — a Christian fiction press. She’s working exclusively in the young adult and new adult line.



Melinda Dozier 

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Melinda lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.  She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at www.melindadozier.com



Ana Blaze

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Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.




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